Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
9:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Police Search Vermont Lake for Man Who Fell Through Ice

Ice Fishing
Credit WAMC

Vermont State Police have resumed their search for a man believed to have fallen through the ice on a lake while using a tractor to move an ice shanty.

Police say divers have searched Lake Memphremagog in Newport Center for 53-year-old James LeBlanc of Newport but are experiencing difficult conditions due to cold temperatures and murkiness at the lake bottom.

Police received a report about 7:30 Saturday evening of an ice shanty and tractor going through the ice. Police later determined it was likely that a man went into the lake, as well, and did not resurface.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Vermont AG to Hold Public Forum on Stun Gun Use

Credit Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons

The Vermont attorney general's office will hold a public forum next week to evaluate police use of stun guns.

The forum — to be held next Monday in Montpelier — will include a panel made up of two lawmakers, the heads of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Vermont and Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Members of the public will also be invited to provide comments.

Several presentations will be given on the current training and policies on the use of stun guns and the risk and benefits of using them.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Conversation with Lake Placid Mayor

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Lake Placid is best known for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Republican Craig Randall has been mayor of the Adirondack village for four years and is running unopposed for reelection.  On today’s Community Corner Mayor Craig Randall talks about managing the most famous village in the region.

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North Country News
7:15 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Vermont Lawmakers Break With Little Finished So Far

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Vermont lawmakers leave for their Town Meeting Day break with much work remaining and many questions to be answered about the ultimate shape of their 2013 session.

House Speaker Shap Smith says it's not unusual for the first year of the two-year biennium to start slowly, as new lawmakers get their feet on the ground and newly constituted committees get to work.

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North Country News
10:10 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Vermont House Committee Approves GMO Food Bill

The Agriculture Committee in the Vermont House has approved a bill calling for genetically modified foods to be specially labeled.

The bill lays out technical definitions for what constitutes genetic modification, and says food that has been subject to those techniques must bear a label saying so.

The legislation faces an uncertain future, and is expected to go next to the House Judiciary Committee, before being debated by the full House.

Supporters of the House bill say consumers want information about what's in their food.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

New Head of Vermont National Guard Sworn In

Credit USAF

The Vermont National Guard has a new adjutant general.

Brigadier General Steven Cray was sworn in on Friday at the Guard's headquarters in Colchester. He was elected adjutant general by the Legislature last week.

Cray succeeds Major General Thomas Drew, who assumed the job last summer after Michael Dubie resigned to take a Homeland Security job.

Cray has said that budget uncertainty is the biggest challenge he faces as he assumes command of the 4,000 men and women of the Vermont.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Vermont Town Ponders Exhibit Honoring Soviet Dissident

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow, December 1998
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Residents in the Vermont town that was once the home-in-exile of the former Soviet dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn  plan to decide on an exhibit honoring his 18 years in Cavendish.

On Town Meeting day Monday, voters will decide whether the town should assume ownership of an historic stone church that would be used to house an exhibit honoring the Nobel laureate who arrived in Cavendish in 1977 and stayed until 1994. He died in Russia in 2008.

The house Solzhenitsyn lived in is still occupied by his son Ignat and his family.

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North Country News
6:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

NY Deputy Secretary of State Discusses Economic Issues

Dede Scozzafava

Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet have been traveling across New York to discuss the state budget with local officials. During a visit in Plattsburgh, Deputy Secretary of State Dede Scozzafava spoke about state economic issues.

Dede Scozzafava says the budget process is ongoing with the state legislature and it appears New York is on track for an on time and balanced budget.

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New York News
6:26 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Businesses Question State Reps at Business Forum

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative breakfast forum Friday morning. It’s an opportunity for the community to meet and pose questions to their Senate and Assembly representatives in Albany.

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North Country News
11:45 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

U.S. Budget Cuts Could Cost 500 Vermont Guard Workers

Credit U.S. Air Force

The incoming head of the Vermont National Guard says the automatic federal funding cuts will cost about 500 guard employees about 20 percent of their incomes.

In an event Thursday at Vermont National Guard headquarters in Colchester, Brigadier Gen. Steven Cray said the impact of the cuts won't be felt immediately.

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